I am afraid that is a very beginner's question, but search didn't help me (or I didn't know the terms to use).
I have a corpus of sentences which are coded for their word order (like “subject first” or “object first”). The following is an (imagined) illustration:
Sentence WordOrder 1 Subject-Object 2 Subject-IndirectObject-Object 3 Object-Subject 4 Subject-Object-IndirectObject … … Frequencies: Subject-Object: 2.300 Subject-IndirectObject-Object: 30 Object-Subject: 280 Subject-Object-IndirectObject: 560
I would like to test whether the differences in the frequency the various word order are significant. For instance, is Subject-Object significantly more common than Object-Subject?
However, I am not sure what to use, since I do not have different groups, so that a chi^2 test doesn't work (if I understand it correctly).
Is there a test for this or do I have to “construct” different groups (e.g. according to when the sentence was uttered or by whom)?